Sen. Ted Cruz sought to burn so-called "snowflakes" Thursday, mocking the Internet outrage over the Federal Communications Commission's vote to repeal the so-called "net neutrality" regulations of the Obama era.
Using a slang label for people who take offense easily to a lack of political correctness, the Texas Republican indicated that the backlash to Thursday's decision was due in part to people's lack of understanding of a complicated technology issue.
"Snowflake, believing online propaganda: 'OMG w/o net neutrality, the Internet is gone!'" Cruz began.
"Informed observer: 'You know, the FCC issued that rule in 2015. The Internet grew up wonderfully free from govt regulation & this restores the status quo ante,'" he added, echoing a rationale for the repeal favored by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
"Snowflake: 'Uh, never mind...'" Cruz concluded.
Snowflake, believing online propaganda: "OMG w/o net neutrality, the Internet is gone!" Informed observer: "You know, the FCC issued that rule in 2015. The Internet grew up wonderfully free from govt regulation & this restores the status quo ante." Snowflake: "Uh, never mind..."— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 15, 2017
The Republican-led FCC voted Thursday afternoon to repeal net neutrality, which was adopted in 2015 under the Obama administration.
The regulations were intended to ensure Internet service providers treat all web content equally, preventing them from blocking, throttling, or interfering with web traffic by reclassifying broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act.
Pai has long argued the 2015 FCC decision was an example of executive overreach and that net neutrality hurt Internet innovation. A new Republican majority under President Trump paved the way for a repeal Thursday.
The move has not been without controversy, as some 22 million public comments were submitted about the proposed repeal, many of which were in favor of keeping net neutrality.
Studies have found that millions of those comments were fake, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, argued that the FCC could not have a "legitimate" vote on the matter. On Thursday, state attorneys general, including Schneiderman, said they would sue to block the FCC repeal of net neutrality.